Svbtle vs. Posthaven
I’m giving Svbtle a try having used Posthaven for a few months. This is a quick comparison of how I find the two and a little commentary on some of the alternatives I’ve considered but haven’t yet tried. See this post on Posthaven.
I’m fairly new to blogging, I’d been meaning to set up a blog for some time either off based on an existing open source blog/cms or creating my own basic one in Rails or Django but I hadn’t got round to it. I liked the attitude of Posthaven when it appeared, we will charge you money but you get to keep your name for life and I think it came out of the experience of one of the founders losing control of Posterious and it’s shutdown.
Posthaven Summary #
- Costs $5/month for upto 10 blogs
- GUI post editor (a little clunky but it works)
- Commitment to long term platform
- Comments supported
- Permanence/business model
- Manage multiple blogs including anonymous and/or private blogs and posts.
- Some of the Posthaven features require Facebook, Twitter, Scribd, Google Analytics scripts in the page and these are loaded (with associated privacy issues) on all your pages.
- Not yet any way to theme/customise design which I don’t need for my general blogs but may want for special ones. # Svtle Summary
- No cost (or business model)
- Clean (bare) design
- Clean UI very clean (bare but I like it) page design.
- Lack of business model, no confidence in it staying ad-free and free in even the short/medium term.
- No hit count - only Kudos.
- Seems to add editorial subheadlines for you “Read this first”, “More by Joseph” # Alternatives
- Wordpress is obviously the monster but feels over complicated and reportedly nasty to write plugins for so I personally wouldn’t want to get too deep into it. You can get it hosted or run local.
- Medium which might be worth a look but requires a Twitter login so I haven’t tried. I also got put off by many of the articles on HackerNews that were linked to there being poor.
Self hosting #
I hadn’t got round to getting set up myself so this would sort of defeat the purpose but there are a few options that I would consider.
- Octopress / Jekyll is probably where I should be going in the short term. I could self host or push to Github pages for this sort of thing and it supports Markdown which I am increasingly comfortable with.
- Something hacked together with Rails or Django. No time to get it set up or support it in future.
I’m not quite happy with either for different reasons, will probably self host in the future.
The scripts from Google and Facebook will probably cause me to move away from Posthaven fairly soon. I use Noscript to avoid them when I am browsing and I would prefer not to impose them on readers as that would be hypocritical (although it does work fine without them if they are Noscript users).
As for Svbtle while I quite like the design and using Markdown but the lack of current business model bothers me and I’d rather migrate at my time of choosing than when they announce some new policy.